Luckily for Alex, the new school year brings an exciting new teacher. Mr. Underwood makes lessons fun and teaches her how to fence. But Mr. Underwood has a mysterious family secret - the swashbuckling and buried treasure kind - and not everyone is glad he has come to Wigpowder-Steele.
When the infamous pirates of a ship called the Ironic Gentleman kidnap Mr. Underwood, Alex sets off on a journey to rescue him, along the way encountering a cast of strange and magical characters, including the dashing and sometimes heroic Captain Magnanimous, Coriander the Conjurer, the Extremely Ginormous Octopus, and the wicked Daughters of the Founding Fathers' Preservation Society.
©2007 Adrienne Kress; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Kress's debut is a wonderful blend of whimsy and moral, with winks at the reader on every page....[She] has a delightfully simple, observational prose style that recalls A. A. Milne." (Publishers Weekly)
"Lane shines in his portrayal of a gigantic octopus drowning his sorrows in drink because his movie career has ended due to computer-generated technology." (AudioFile)
Every now and then, you need to listen to something fun. This is a great story read by one of my favorite readers, Christopher Lane. This and Timothy and the Dragon are great. Worth it.
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